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Outside the USEdit

Comparison of Inbound Services Outside the US
site BPM ETOEC Private Box Swiss Post Box UK Postbox MyUkMailbox
countries served Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg (package-only service in UK and USA) China New Zealand Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland UK UK
street address regions Athus, Belgium; Munsbach, Luxembourg; Miami, FL, USA (street addresses in Fr, De, UK unknown) Shenzhen Wellington, New Zealand 7 cities [1] Poole (plus 72[2] other cities available for £35/mo. extra) £2.99 Monthly fee
p.o. box regions n/a Wellington, Auckland n/a 7 cities[3] n/a
length of contracts (in months) 1 or less (12 month contract also available) 12 1 or less (12 month contract also available) 1 or less 1 or less (3, 6, 12 month contracts also available)
setup fees ? 19 USD No charge 25 USD (non-refundable) No charge
maintenance fees 54.17 EUR/mo (50% discount for young students) 120 USD/yr 5.96/mo; 14.16/mo; 59.62/yr; 141.59/yr USD No charge; (+1.15 CHF per mail piece on free accounts; premium service at 30 and 95 CHF/mo) No charge; (60 pence per mail piece and +90 pence per page scanned on free accounts; premium service at 9.95; 19.95; 59.95 GBP/mo)
default action(s) continental Europe: scan envelope; UK & USA: notification? scan envelope scan envelope scan envelope scan envelope, open and scan, forward (configurable choice applies to all letters) Open&scan, consolidating, forward,
mail processing actions offered (in addition to digital storage) open and scan (continental Europe addresses only), shred, hardcopy storage (60 day limit), forward open and scan, recycle, shred, hardcopy storage, forward open and scan, shred and recycle, hardcopy storage, forward, pickup open and scan, recycle, shred, hardcopy storage, forward open and scan, recycle, shred, hardcopy storage, forward
outbound snail mail services Yes No No Yes (color and mono; see Online Mailing Services)
PDF delivery method web (with encryption) web (with encryption), CD web (with encryption) web (with encryption), CD web
cheque deposit service No Yes No Yes
documentation required to setup account Notarized passport copy to prove identity, and proof of address. 2 forms of id + 1 form of proof of physical residential[4] address [1](uploaded to a server, emailed, faxed, or snail mailed; notarization not required)
unique/exceptional features/restrictions SMS notification; all clients automatically get six addresses; 24/7 access to packages; all snail mail shredded and all digital scans deleted unconditionally after 60 days; BPM-Lux will not act as domiciliary agent for legal persons or natural persons. FAQ Handles packages as well for an increased annual price (digital photos taken of packages) One free address (multiple non-US prestige addresses can be added to same account). Same ownership as Earth Class Mail. Swiss Post Box will not act as domiciliary agent for legal persons or natural persons. Use of Swiss Post Box address as residency forbidden. UK Postbox is running iPostalMail Limitation: electronic copies of shredded mail are permanently stored on the system and cannot be deleted.

In the USEdit

Comparison of Inbound Services Exclusively in the US
site Mailbox Forwarding St. Brendan's Isle Bongo My RV Mail Paperlessmail Earth Class Mail Virtual Post Mail Zumbox
countries served USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA
street address regions Grandville, MI Green Cove Springs, FL Bridgeport, CT Crestview, FL 9 cities [5] (14.95-29.95 USD/month extra) Walnut, California, USA address of client residence (rural routes and PO boxes excluded)
p.o. box regions n/a n/a n/a n/a San Francisco 18 cities[6] (0-2.95 USD/month extra) n/a n/a
length of contracts (in months) 3; 6; 12 1 or less (premature charging mitigated[7]) 1 or less 3; 6; 12 1 or less 1 or less (beware of tricky rules and premature charging[8]) 1 or less 1 or less
setup fees No charge 15 USD 5 USD (waived for subscription accounts) 25 USD No charge 25 USD (non-refundable) No charge No charge
maintenance fees (monthly) 9.95; 19.95; 39.95 USD 19.98 USD (+0.50 per mail piece opened, +0.10 per page scanned) No charge; (+2.00 per image; subscription available at 15 USD) 15; 20; 25 USD (+2.50 per mail piece; premium determined by contract length) 9.95 USD (free the first month) 19.95; 39.95 USD (+1.50 per mono piece, +2.00 per color piece) 9.99; 19.99; 29.99; 39.99; 59.99 USD No charge
default action scan envelope scan envelope ? ? open and scan scan envelope open-scan-forward; open-scan; forward; trash; deep[9] open-scan (address tags specify action) post online (nothing to scan; envelopes are virtual and digital content is instantly available)
mail processing actions offered (in addition to digital storage) open and scan, recycle, shred, hardcopy storage, forward open and scan, shred, hardcopy storage, forward open and scan, forward, hardcopy storage (45 days) open and scan, forward, shred, hardcopy storage (6 months) open and scan (color and mono), hardcopy storage (90 days) open and scan, recycle, shred ($5/mo extra), hardcopy storage (30 days; 0.25/mo thereafter), forward open and scan, trash, shred, hardcopy storage (60 days), forward no hardcopy to deal with - all electronic
OCR (searchable PDF) ? No ? ? $5.95/mo. for 200 pages; $2.95/100 pages thereafter $4.95/mo. No charge n/a
outbound snail mail services No No No No No No No(only electronic delivery available, and only to some[10] addresses)
PDF delivery method web (with encryption) web web (with encryption), CD, email web (with encryption), email web (with encryption) web (no encryption)
cheque deposit service (see Remote Check Deposit for alternatives) No No No Yes ($20 per check; or unlimited for $34.95/month) Yes ($5 per deposit + $1 per additional check) No
documentation required to setup account Notarized USPS form 1583 Notarized USPS form 1583 + 2 forms of id USPS form 1583 2 Notarized USPS form 1583 + 2 forms of id USPS form 1583 Notarized USPS form 1583 (Activation is immediate upon registration, not on receipt of notarized documents) USPS Form 1583 + 2 forms of id no; just wait for pin to arrive
unique/exceptional features/restrictions voter registration, drivers license, domicile declaration email account included; free outbound fax service; phone operators will describe mail received. free color scanning; no charge for mail storage for first 3 months; no charge for indefinite storage of softcopy mail; in-house software for sale same ownership as Swiss Post Box; multiple US addresses on same account (excluding European Swiss Post Box addresses); mass scan downloader choose your own box number; box numbers can be tagged with codes to prompt immediate action. Color scans. this approach is very different from the others. Instead of opening and scanning mail, they intercept it from the sender in an electronic format. Essentially it's a hybrid mail service that also provides a means for recipients to retrieve their mail electronically.
  1. Zurich; Geneva; Bern; Dietzenbach; Chassieu; Tribiano; Lauterach
  2. Aberdeen, Barking, Basingstoke, Belfast, Birmingham, Borehamwood, Bracknell, Brentford, Brentwood, Bristol, Camberley, Cambridge, Cannock, Cardiff, Castle Donington, Chertsey, Chester, Crawley, Croydon, Dartford, Didsbury, Edinburgh, Exeter, Fareham, Farnborough , Farnham, Fleet, Gateshead, Gatwick, Glasgow, Guildford, Harrow, Hatfield, Heathrow, Hemel Hempstead, High Wycombe, Leatherhead, Leeds, Letchworth, Liverpool, London, Luton, Magor, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northampton, Norwich, Oxford, Portsmouth, Potters Bar, Preston, Reading, Reigate, Richmond, Rickmansworth, Sheffield, Slough, Solihull, Southampton, St Albans, Staines, Sunderland, Swansea, Swindon, Uxbridge, Warrington, Warwick, Watford, Windsor
  3. Poole, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast
  4. users may reside anywhere in the world
  5. Chicago; Delaware; Houston; LA; Miami; NYC; Portland; San Francisco; Seattle
  6. Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Newark, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; Richmond, VA; St. Louis, MO; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Washington, DC
  7. the term starts on a date chosen by the client; but billing is per calandar month, so clients are encouraged to choose the 1st day of the month that they need the service to begin
  8. activation is immediate on sign-up, prior to the point that it's usable, even if the notarized form 1583 is not yet submitted, and mail begins arriving months later. There is no grace period for customers who do not have access to a notary public.
  9. envelopes inside of envelopes are opened
  10. PO boxes excluded; rural routes excluded; some other legitimate addresses are banned; YMMV

More unlisted providers at http://www.moveglobally.com/blog/2009-01-choosing-a-mail-forwarding-service-that-works-for-you/ (this should be incorporated at some point)

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